From Marine Veteran Nathan Fletcher About Job Won!


As veterans, we know first hand how difficult the transition from military back to civilian life can be. My friend Phil Blair has dedicated his life to helping people find purpose and meaningful employment and has now dedicated himself to helping our veterans transition successfully. 

His new book, “Job Won” is packed full of incredible tools that will help. Please buy a copy today. I am buying 10 copies to give out to any veteran I meet. This makes a great gift and thoughtful reminder that we are looking out for each other.

Please share this email and the link above on social media. There are a lot of upcoming events surrounding the rollout of this book and ongoing engagement with our veterans’ community by the author. Check out for more information! 

Semper Fi, 


How Vets Can Better Adapt Skills To Civilian Life, Each And Every Day


PHIL BLAIR Career Advice

I first met Rebeka when she attended one of Manpower’s WorkPath Veteran’s training programs on a scholarship provided by SDG&E.

Raised in San Diego, she was a seven-year Army veteran who had been stationed in Kentucky, El Paso and South Korea as a human resources specialist.

Talking with her, right away I sensed her undeniable love of meeting new people, her desire to bring people of different cultures together, and her pride in serving her country through the U.S. Army. She reached the rank of sergeant.

After high school, Rebeka went into the Army to gain work experience, see the world and put the military’s education benefits to good use. All of which seemed difficult to achieve unless she had made her decision to enlist.

Returning home, she assumed that all kinds of career opportunities would be open to her. She completed the required courses and certifications in human resources management, and later managed a small staff in career counseling where she was stationed.

We all know there are countless military skills and specialties that make it difficult for veterans to easily transition to private-sector jobs. “Sniper” and “submarine captain” are two past clients that come to mind.

It’s also true that some employers tend to regard veterans as being rigid or prone to anger and PTSD issues.

Yet one of the smoothest and easily transferable skills, one would think, is Human Resources. It’s all a matter of interviewing people and placing them in new positions, right?

Not so fast.

Some 18 months out of the Army, despite her valuable training, experience and smarts, Rebeka was still looking for a job when we met.

Their next chapter for success in the private sector

Too often, we hear the story of veterans having a difficult time transitioning from the rigid structure and strict discipline of the military to the private sector.

A few years ago, a Navy admiral based here in San Diego told me straight out: “The federal government pays me to keep America safe and fight wars. It does not give us money for outplacement services for the 15,000 military folks who end their military careers every year in San Diego.”

To combat that reality, the military’s Transition Assistance Program, a mandatory five-to-seven-day program, was launched about a year ago to serve as a “reverse boot camp.” That’s a good start. So is offering tax credits to businesses that hire vets.

And the USO recently added a fourth pillar of service, that of preparing for the veteran’s next career as a civilian.

In my view, the process of transition needs to include basic language re-training, moving soon-to-be vets away from relying on too much military jargon, or using odd acronyms that very few of us non-military types understand.

It can be as simple as getting out of the habit of answering all questions with “yes, sir/madam” and “no, sir/madam.”

At its best, a civilian job interview is a fairly relaxed conversation, not a military tribunal.

Companies are hiring her, not her past team

Wisely, Rebeka took a “can-do” approach. She learned how to re-adapt to civilian culture by following the equally wise advice of her professional counselors and coaches at WorkPath.


She talked about her own personal skills and achievements and not we, my team or us. Companies are hiring her, not her past team.

She shared clearly how her skills and experience were relateable to specific private-sector companies.

She re-wrote her resume and removed all military lingo jargon.

Already bright, self-assured and poised, she soon became a more savvy interviewee and promptly landed a temporary-to-hire job through Manpower that went permanent and has since been promoted four times in four years.

Research — to which I can personally attest — shows that companies smart enough to hire qualified veterans have higher retention rate, plus benefit from a greater potential for leadership roles.

Employers, I encourage you to reach out to veterans when they apply for your jobs, each and every day. And we need to beef up veteran transition training to make it more meaningful.

Celebrating Veterans Every Day


Job Won! For America’s Veterans had some great opportunities to support those who’ve served. From honor rides in San Diego and Las Vegas, Rotary Luncheon, SD Chamber of Commerce Career Panel at the Veterans Museum, getting the message out on Fox 5 San Diego…to stretching our legs with a visit to honor our brothers and sisters in arms at Fort Rosecrans.

Efforts don’t stop since our national honor day has passed. November 14th we are participating in the career transition job fair at the Scottish Right facility, Mission Valley; November 18th the Union Tribune published a success story on persistence, challenges and inspiration for finding your career post-service – the article posted here…and every month we will continue to do outreach to always remember our service members and families.

@calbike, @Ride2recovery




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Job Won! For America’s Veterans on Good Morning San Diego



Phil Blair, co-owner of Manpower-West and author of Job Won! 500,000 Hires and Counting, has added to the Job Won! series with For America’s Veterans, is every veterans guide to transitioning from military service into private and public sectors.

The quick read of over 200 pages offers practical advice, tips and strategies presented in Blair’s conversational, easy-to-understand style that includes testimonials of “do’s” and ‘don’ts” for successful career changes. Equally compelling is the self-help guidance for staying mentally fit while faced with new-uncertain challenges faced by many veterans today.

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Job Won! For America’s Veterans leads Veteran Day Activities

Phil Blair, author of Job Won! For America’s Veterans announces several events taking place in support of veterans transitioning from military service into private and public sectors.
All events are open to the public, unless noted.
Friday, October 25th, 10:00am-3:00pm: San Diego Military Family Collaborative Annual Summit, Get the Word Out. Join 200+ military spouse leaders, command leadership and family service professionals from across San Diego! Link: SD Military Family Collaborative
Saturday, November 2nd: Operation Dress Code. Supporting Women who’ve served and transitioning to the civilian workforce. Job Won! For America’s Veterans is providing our resource guide to all participants at this special event. ODC is offering professional attire to pursue careers, 500 attendees expected. Invitation only via Link: Operation Dress Code
Friday, November 8th, 11:30am – 1:30pm: San Diego Chamber of Commerce: From Service Member to Civilian, Panel Discussion. A New Workforce of Leaders. The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, 2115 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101. Link: Veteran Hiring Panel
Panelists include Job Won! For America’s Veterans, the Red Cross, Zero 8 Hundred, Workshops for Warriors, Amazon, Hearts & Homes addressing best practice opportunities for transitioning veterans.
Saturday, November 9th, 8:00am – 12:00pm: Book signing with Phil at California Bicycle, La Jolla, 7462 La Jolla Boulevard. Light refreshments served. A percent of book sale proceeds go to support a local veteran affiliated cycling club. The day starts with a casual 25mile no drop ride led by Ride 2 Recovery.
Special note: Job Won! For America’s Veterans is sponsoring Ride 2 Recovery, Las Vegas Honor Ride on this date. Several hundred participants get together in support of riding with those who served. We are also partnered with this national organization
Monday, November 11th, 10:00am – 12:00pm: Supporting those who’ve served at the Veterans Day Parade. North Harbor Drive to Pacific Highway.
Thursday November 14th, 10:00-11:00am: Career Transition – Take Charge of Tomorrow with Career Ready Prep. Scottish Rite Masonic Temple Mission Valley. Link: Transition Seminar
RSVP required at 530-359-8097

Job Won! For America’s Veterans Added To Series


San Diego’s Workforce Expert and Author Phil Blair Announces Job Won! For America’s Veterans

SAN DIEGO — (September 27, 2019) Phil Blair, co-owner of Manpower-West and author of Job Won! 500,000 Hires and Counting, has added to the Job Won! series with For America’s Veterans, an every veteran guide to transitioning from military service into private and public sectors.

The quick read of over 200 pages offers practical advice, tips and strategies presented in Blair’s conversational, easy-to-understand style that includes testimonials of “do’s” and ‘don’ts” for successful career changes. Equally compelling is the self-help guidance for staying mentally fit while faced with new-uncertain challenges faced by many veterans today.

“I have not read a better book dedicated to supporting veterans making the transition…with real life examples,” said VADM (RET) Bill French, Region Southwest Commander and former Commander, Navy.

The book is available at: Job Won! For America’s Veterans

National University: Manpower’s Phil Blair Shares Job Search Tips


By Richard Lloreda, Staff Writer

National University Herald

February 26, 2016

The view from the Manpower offices main floor is spectacular. On the right planes fly in from distant shores. A World War II aircraft carrier, the USS Midway, rests majestically on the left. Dividing this impressive panorama is a bay of tranquil waters, all of which made for one lovely morning in the world of employment staffing.

Phil Blair’s office affords an Olympian rooftop vantage point.


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At a recent interview, he immediately listed the reasons why he started his own temporary employment agency and wrote his Amazon best-seller Job Won! 500,000 Hires and Counting, a book on how to get and keep a job after graduating college.


“First, focus on job readiness while you are still in school. In fact, do this during your entire college career down to taking classes with a plan in mind,” he said. “You should plan on two years of getting ready to job hunt while still in school. And start a career path plan developing your skills at finding a job.”

Asked if the current job search is a combination of patience, knowing what the job offers one personally for fulfillment, common sense, insider information and joyful networking, Blair continued: “All of those things, plus polite persistence, and never say, ‘I don’t know what I want to do.’ Let the interviewer know you would like the job, and tell him or her so at the end of the interview.”

An expert in the subject of getting a job after college, Blair specializes in employment with his job placement agency Manpower. His book Job Won has also received strong reviews from Amazon readers who have given the work 4.3 out of five possible stars.

Readers are finding Job Won a valuable job-hunting tool.

Blair continued with the sage advice that “Students should integrate the job search from the beginning. This should be stressed from the beginning of their educational plan.”

Blair added that it can be helpful for students to take free non-credit courses to build their job-hunting skills. One-third of college students move back home instead of getting a job right out of college, so they should consider taking job search and interview courses.

He also stressed the importance of professors encouraging their students to take classes that may not directly relate to their chosen career path.

Informational interviews can help a job seeker get a foot in the door before a formal job interview. “Informational interviews are great for gaining inside information since 50 percent of all job postings are never posted. Also, keep your eyes peeled for jobs for which you feel you are a good fit. A powerful skill to practice is a 30-second elevator speech, outlining your intent, strengths and support statements in a polite and concise manner.

Lastly, send out a handwritten “thank you” note that is relevant to the conversation in your interview, and be polite to everyone at your interview, including the receptionist,” Blair said.

By adopting a “back to the drawing board” attitude, Blair said, “You can massage your resume to match the job by using keywords and relate-able and interchangeable skills to a particular job posting. Use your cover letter to express why you are such a great fit.”

“The job search is sort of like dating, so develop an instinct and accept that you will make some mistakes, then correct them as you go along. A job search takes time. Go to interviews for jobs you don’t want and use them to practice your interviewing skills. Show some of your personality without overwhelming the interviewer. You want to stand out, so be your best, unique self.”

When the subject of millennials came up, Blair smiled and took a deep breath, then offered this advice: “Millennials do bring many desirable qualities to the table. They are embracing of their creativity and curiosity. They are idealistic and out-of-the-box thinkers.” Blair went on to say today’s high school age group can learn from millennials because they tend to be pragmatic and organized.

Blair’s last bits of advice for graduates and college students alike included these helpful tips:

• Write your plans in pencil because you will be flooded by possible strategies and even more ideas.

• Think about preparing your career path two to three years before you graduate. Ask your professors about where you could look to start your career in the fields.

• Use your school’s career resource center, and massage your resume to each individual job posting.

Jan. 6 — of ANY Year — is Busiest Job Search Day of the Year

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January 6 is anticipated to be the top job search day of 2016, according to analysis of proprietary data released by Monster Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: MWW).

The research is based on 2014 and 2015 data showing that there were 70% more job searches on the first Wednesday of the year when compared to an average day on Monster that year.

“This historic uptick could be attributed to a combination of many things, but we believe as people return to work after the holidays, they are more motivated and aware that better is out there,” said Vicki Salemi, career expert for Monster.

“If Monday and Tuesday are all about getting back into the swing of things, it’s that first “hump day” – Wednesday – that seems to give us an extra push to see what’s out there. So if you’re searching today, you’re not alone.”

Recent data also found that job seekers in 2015 searched most for part-time jobs, sales jobs and accounting jobs. These areas have grown exponentially, according to Monster.

For example, “gig economy” jobs have been trending as people, particularly millennials, are having more of an entrepreneurial mindset seeking part-time jobs to pay the bills while they achieve something bigger.

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